Google Inc says it plans to unveil “tasty treats” on September 29. Members of the press have been receiving invites that convey a sense of mystery with terse wordings that does not betray the agenda. Google seems to have borrowed the Apple style of building up momentum for its events as it invites people to “a morning conversation about some new treats from Google.”
The firm has not provided any clues on what to expect that day and, except for the invite, there was nothing in the news to suggest that Google was planning something for Sept 29 before now. However, the tech space has busied itself with guesses and rumors about what Google might be planning for next Tuesday. Topping the list of “tasty treats” are the two rumored Nexus Smartphones, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and a new version of Google Chromecast.
Is the Nexus here already?
The tech grapevine broke with rumors earlier this month that Google was planning to unveil two news Nexus 2015 flagship smartphones. Google has not confirmed or denied the rumors but Cnet reports that close sources have hinted that the Nexus 2015 flagship phones will have two different sizes.
The larger of the Nexus phones is already being called the Nexus P (others are calling it the Nexus Bullhead) and Chinese Phone maker Huawei will make it. The smaller Nexus is being called the Nexus 5X and it is reportedly being made by LG.
The Huawei phone is touted to have a premium feel with a metal body. It is hinted that it would have a 5.7-inch QHD screen to give 2560 x 1440 pixels and it will boast a Snapdragon 820 SoC and a fingerprint reader. Google’s success with making phones has mostly been a hit and miss affair but it appears that the Mountain View firm would be able to achieve its primary goal of showing the world what Android is capable of doing with a Nexus phones running “pure” Android OS.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow might be here
Android Marshmallow is Google’s next mobile software for tablets and smartphones. The Android OS powers about 80% of smartphones globally; hence, the release of a new version is big deal in the mobile space. It is believed that Android 6.0 will include Android Pay – Android Pay is Google’s gateway for entering the mobile payments market after its Google Wallet service has failed to make an impact.
Android Pay will be on par with Apple Pay and Samsung Pay as it allows users to pay buy things in apps and retail stores. The grapevine seems to think that Google will unveil Android 6.0 at its Sept 29 event.
Have you seen the new Chromecast?
There are also indications that Google will debut a revamped Chromecast hardware at the Google event. 9to5Google reports that the 2nd gen Chromecast will have a new hardware design, feeds for your social media accounts, improved Wi-Fi and a “Fast Play” feature.
Rumor also has it that the Spotify Android App will support the new Chromecast. There are also indications that the new Chromecast won’t have a higher price tag than the older device.